The idea is, with Smallville moving to a Friday night time slot, the next season would be its last. It seems all evidence (with a little mental elbow grease) points towards that. Fridays are, of course, a death kneel for shows. We've been waiting nine seasons for Clark Kent to become Superman--how long will we have to call him the Red-Blue Blur or something, which is admittedly a funnily flimsy name? And, you might want to remember the idea of a Smallville television movie, I'm guessing, to wrap everything up?
On the other hand, ask Justin Hartley--again, yes--and he'll say that the show's ninth season, which premieres on September 25 on The CW, might not be it's last like most of us think. "Look, they're so busy right now, they don't know if they're doing one more season or eight more seasons or two more seasons," he told Sci Fi Wire. "They have no idea. So we'll see. I've spoken to them a couple weeks ago and had kind of a vague conversation with them about concept and stuff."
Okay, so what he's saying is that speculation around the show's fate is too early at this point, but I think we all have a reason to believe it'll be over sooner than we thought. Even the Green Arrow himself in not sure.
"I don't know [about the timeline], but I've been going to the gym, and I've been doing a lot of moisturizing, so hopefully not too long [after]," he said. "I think actually in season nine, I'm actually going to play a little younger than I did in season eight. So we'll see. Maybe we actually go back in time. I'd say I'm playing what, 14 or 15 right now, about, roughly. I don't know, maybe a couple months [have passed]."